The Status Page

I’ve always been very intrigued by status pages at various places. They can be such a wealth of information, or such a despot of things I already know (yep, I knew iCloud was down). In the past I’ve toyed with having a page that told you when my site was up or down, but really: why? You already know if it is down, and whether there is a status page to confirm it or not is completely irrelevant to the situation at hand.

At MartianCraft I’ve been toying with a way to show status of some projects, and that’s sent me on a couple weeks long road looking at the concept of a status dashboard for this site. So I thought it would be neat to do one for my longest running project: this site. Initially, I just thought it would be a page to show you how many posts I had, and how many words I have written — and yeah: whether or not the site is currently up.

So I set out writing one, and by the time I got finished, it morphed into something completely different. Something that scares me a bit to publish, but at the same time is likely the most honest thing I have ever put on the web.

When I showed it to a few people they said (roughly) the same thing: looks cool, but why?

And for the first time I actually had a good answer: because there is no reason to hide this information. None. I can’t think of a single good reason other than “it’s not your business” to hide this info. And by publishing it I am peeling back a layer of mystery for so many people that I can only hope it will inspire you, or help you to move on from what you are doing. Either way it is real, and true information, and something that you can base a decision partly off of.

Back in 2011-2012 when this site used to be much more popular, the most often question I got was: “how do I get to where you are?” To which my common response was: I haven’t gotten as far as you think I have. Which is rather true, as people always assume someone that is ‘popular’ is more popular than they are.

So with that in mind I created a page that I wish some ‘popular’ people had when I started blogging, and if for no other reason for you to compare where you are to me, I am making it available for everyone.

On this page you will find a ton of information: from what I am currently writing, to my traffic, to how much money this site makes me. All of it. My goal is to update it each time I post an article and the traffic/financial data will be updated monthly.

I would love for you to check it out, and if it helps you in anyway I would love to hear how. Also, if there are things that you would like to see shared on it, just let me know.

Now, here’s the page. Have fun.

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by Ben Brooks
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tl;dr

I created a status page for this site, and it’s revealing.